When Aries and Virgo form a friendship, they may at first think they have nothing in common and not much to learn from one another. This is a relationship that takes its time in developing, and each individual must learn to understand where the other is coming from. In many ways, Aries and Virgo are opposites: Aries is brash, dominant and aggressive, always jumping into new things, usually impatient. Virgo is detail-oriented and quiet, even shy, and works patiently toward goals. Because of their many differences, Aries and Virgo can learn a great deal from one another once they look below their surface differences.
Early in their acquaintance, Aries and Virgo friends may see nothing in each other but faults. Aries may seem too brash, and Virgo may seem fussy. Once they stop fuming about each others' faults and begin focusing on their strengths, they'll discover a great deal. Aries teaches Virgo about fun and excitement, about the spontaneity that is often missing in Virgo's life. Virgo teaches Aries patience and attention to detail, the knowledge that the little things are important, too. Aries may feel Virgo is overcritical, but they will teach their friend to take things less seriously. Virgo may accuse Aries of being ill-mannered and impulsive, but they can teach them to be polite and value hard work and patience.
Aries is ruled by the Planet Mars, and Virgo is ruled by the Planet Mercury. The soldiers of Mars want to rush out and fight, without preplanning or strategizing. Conversely, Virgo wants to analyze everything and work out all the details before committing to action. Both need to take the time to see the value of each other's approach; Aries can teach Virgo to be less critical and more spontaneous, at the same time gaining stability from Virgo's even keel.
Aries is a Fire Sign, and Virgo is an Earth Sign. Aries tries something new based on whim and interest, while Virgo is more analytical. Virgo will weigh all options before devoting their energy, while Aries simply sees what they want and dives in! Although these two may find it difficult to walk in each other's shoes, when they cooperate and combine energies and positive qualities, they make an excellent and efficient pair -- just because of those very differences.
Aries is a Cardinal Sign, and Virgo is a Mutable Sign. Virgo doesn't need to be the leader or the boss; when they are given a viable suggestion and see a role for themselves in it, they are glad to follow the suggestion. Aries, on the other hand, is the one who comes up with the ideas in the first place and assigns roles to their friends. Their lack of conflict over roles helps Aries and Virgo move forward on mutual goals with great success.
Metaphorically as well as literally, Aries gets attention and respect by being out in the world, interacting, initiating and stirring things up, while Virgo plugs away behind the scenes, keeping things running and keeping up with details that no longer interest Aries. Their personalities, opposite in so many ways, make for a highly complementary friendship.
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